December 10, 2013 |
IT IS NOT a bad gig, working as a member of the Eagles' game day field crew. Guys like John Liberatoscioli and Kevin Lengyel set up the field - benches, yard makers and whatnot - and then, during the game, pull the nets up and down behind the goal posts during field goals and extra points. All of which means there is plenty of time to watch the game itself from a coveted vantage point. Then there are the days when it snows 8 inches. Tony Leonard, the Eagles' director of grounds, said that between 15 and 20 guys on that ground crew spent yesterday afternoon either pushing shovels or lugging around gas-powered blowers in an attempt to keep the yard markers visible during the Eagles' 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions.
December 10, 2013 |
MY JOB sucks. It's worse than cleaning backed-up toilets, picking up rotting garbage and driving around busloads of grumpy riders. At least that's what CareerCast.com thinks: The jobs website ranked newspaper reporter as dead last out of 200 jobs for 2013. Look, I'm not some nostalgic, delusional print dinosaur hearkening back to the good old days. There is much - sooo much - that's wrong with newspapers these days. (Note to online commenters: We know. No need to repeat yourselves.)
December 8, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The president and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia, Patricia A. Coulter, is stepping down in June after 13 years, a tenure in which she raised the organization's profile and oversaw the move of its headquarters from North Philadelphia to Center City. Coulter, who said she was leaving to be closer to her family, said Wednesday that she would serve through the end of 2014 as a consultant for the Philadelphia chapter of the national organization, founded in 1910 to promote civil rights and economic empowerment among African Americans.
December 3, 2013 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Sixers legend Maurice Cheeks makes no secret of the fact he keeps an eye on the team for which he played and coached. So when the topic of the 76ers came up yesterday, the first-year Detroit Pistons head man was well-versed. He also looked like a visionary when he spoke before the game about his Pistons' recent inability to shoot consistently. "They're going to make them at some point, so I'm not concerned about that," Cheeks said before Detroit made 15 of its first 20 shots in its 115-100 win over the Sixers.
November 28, 2013 |
Nick Foles met with Chip Kelly on Tuesday morning, and the Eagles coach told the second-year quarterback that he would remain the starter this season and that Michael Vick would be his backup. The decision was expected. Foles is 4-1 as a starter, leads the NFL in passer rating, and has 16 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kelly had delayed a formal decision until Vick returned to practice from a hamstring injury. "The big thing is just continue to approach the game the same way I have each and every week," Foles said.
November 26, 2013
Congressional inaction could put more obstacles in the path of the already slow economic recovery. If lawmakers don't extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, $25 billion in benefits - money that tends to be quickly spent on rent, food, and other necessities - would be ripped out of the economy. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the program is a highly effective antirecession measure. An estimated 1.3 million long-term-unemployed Americans are expected to lose the emergency benefits in December if Congress doesn't act. Another 850,000 could join them before next spring.
November 24, 2013 |
Joan Wicker Goldschmidt, 82, of Washington Township, who retired in the early 1990s as deputy administrator for the township's Municipal Court, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, of heart failure at Kennedy University Hospital-Washington Township. Mrs. Goldschmidt grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Frankford High School in 1948. After halting her nursing training, she became a bookkeeper for Penn Wax Works, a Philadelphia candle firm, her daughter Sharon Odenath said. After moving to South Jersey in 1971, she worked as a secretary at Camden Catholic High School.
November 21, 2013 |
Camden-based Campbell Soup Co., said Tuesday that it eliminated 250 salaried positions as it tries to streamline operations and reverse a decline in sales. A company spokeswoman would not say how many of the jobs came from its headquarters. The company took a restructuring charge of $20 million to account for those positions. Through this and other measures, the company said, it expected annualized savings of $40 million. In reporting quarterly financial results, Campbell said its quarterly profit fell 30 percent as U.S. sales of soups and V8 beverage declined.
November 20, 2013 |
THE HEAD of the federal AmeriCorps program joined Nutter administration officials in City Hall yesterday to unveil PowerCorpsPHL, which connects disadvantaged youth with training and temporary jobs in city departments. The first crop of 43 participants, who are all 18 to 24 years old and were recommended by a city agency or nonprofit, started work in October. Many have criminal records, were in foster care or have other difficulties getting ahead. The jobs are supposed to help beautify the city by having workers do things like cleaning parks, planting trees and educating residents about watershed preservation.
November 19, 2013
More than five months later, city officials still haven't explained why a botched demolition project that left six people dead inside a Salvation Army thrift store wasn't stopped before the tragedy occurred. There has been no satisfactory answer as to why the Department of Licenses and Inspections would approve an application that priced the demolition of buildings adjacent to the store at $10,000 when industry experts estimated it would cost $250,000. Equally troubling, an L&I inspector visited the site before the job started, and again after a complaint, but wasn't required to inspect it while work was ongoing.